Ehab Taha is a Grade 12 student at WCI. He has been a member of the WCI Soccer team each year. In this interview we learn more about Ehab’s athletic career.
What sports do you play?
I play high school soccer and used to play competitive soccer outside of school. Along with soccer, I play basketball and baseball recreationally.
What is your favourite sport?
My favourite sport to play would be soccer. I’ve always been most passionate about soccer. However, I would say I enjoy basketball the most recreationally when I’m just playing around with friends.
How long have you been playing for?
I played house league soccer from the ages of 7 to 11. At 13, I decided it was time for me to try out for a competitive team. I didn’t make the team that year but I decided to try out the following year and made the top team that year.
Why don’t you currently play for a club team anymore?
Mostly because of school and part-time jobs. It got increasingly difficult for me to manage my time. Along with that, it has just begun to get boring for me. There was nothing fun about it anymore because I realized I wasn’t going to pursue it as a career.
Why do you think it got boring for you?
It got boring to me because of the constant practices and having to play 3-4 times a week. Also, I got cut from the highest team because of religious reasons so that made me dislike the sport a little bit.
Do you plan to play for the school team this year?
I do indeed plan to play for the WCI team this year and hope to bring home the WCSSAA plaque.
Did you find it hard to balance your time?
I do. I find it hard that we practice every day and have games twice a week. Trying to manage a full course load of University stream courses along with sports can prove to be difficult.
What did you find most enjoyable about playing sports?
It’s a stress reliever so whenever you get on the field you forget what you’re doing and just focus on that moment. Everything bad in life is just erased temporarily.
Would you say sports benefited your life and if so in what way?
I learned a lot of life lessons through sports. Lessons like teamwork and trust. I learned to trust my teammates and that they could handle their own positions on the team. I trusted them to put in the effort to get wins that were important to our team.
Athletically, what has been your biggest struggle?
Injuries. I’ve had a lot of injuries throughout my athletic career. I pulled my groin 3 times, broke my arm, and now have current knee and back problems. They restrict you from playing the game you love and people sometimes look down on you. There’s nothing you can really do to work on when your injured other than wait it out and hope it heals.
If there was one thing you could change about your past what would it be?
I regret not being committed enough to play for a top team. I played for a lower team when I should’ve just moved on to a different club where I would’ve been more valued.